πŸ”— Link Dump #49

  1. Advice to young people. [πŸ”— jxnl.github.io]
  2. Track your predictions. [πŸ”— fatebook.io]
  3. Minimalist, printable calendars. [πŸ”— useminimal.com]
  4. 2024 habit calendar. [πŸ”— habitcalendar.co]
  5. Weird old book finder. [πŸ”— weird-old-book-finder.glitch.me]
  6. Learn shorthand. [πŸ”— orthic.shorthand.fun]
  7. Learn chess tactics. [πŸ”— checkmatechamp.net]

βœ… Some Goals for 2024

1. Spend more time reading. Page count doesn’t matter. Book count doesn’t matter. Just put in the time.

2. Read more nonfiction. I typically read a lot of genre fiction, mostly mysteries and fantasies. This year, I want to read more nonfiction and more classics.

3. Work away from the computer. Use the laptop less. More thinking, less browsing.

4. Settle down. I’ve traveled a ton in the last two years. It’s time to settle in and get back to a routine with a workspace and an exercise regimen.

πŸ”— Link Dump #47

  1. Was the Civil War about slavery? [πŸ”— wasthecivilwaraboutslavery.com]
  2. Play one-dimensional Pac-Man. [πŸ”— abagames.github.io]
  3. A PDF guide to the walk-and-talk. [πŸ”— kk.org]
  4. The 150 greatest science-fiction movies of all time. [πŸ”— rollingstone.com]
  5. A curated list of activities. [πŸ”— whataaabout.com]
  6. An internet map. [πŸ”— diagram.website]
  7. A keyboard for your iPhone. [πŸ’Έ clicks.tech]

πŸ”— Link Dump #46

  1. Mark your travel footprint. [πŸ”— tenpages.github.io]
  2. Plant hardiness zone map. [πŸ”— planthardiness.ars.usda.gov]
  3. Antique maps. [πŸ”— oculi-mundi.com]
  4. A fake baseball game to put you to sleep. [πŸ”— sleepbaseball.com]
  5. Organizing a walk and talk. [πŸ”— sive.rs]
  6. Personal websites as a home. [πŸ”— nicochilla.com]
  7. On writing for yourself in public. [πŸ”— brainbaking.com]

πŸ’­ Some Thoughts, 2023-12-13

  1. A Cruise vehicle needs about 1.5 human operators per robot to cross San Francisco. We are a long way away from fully autonomous vehicles, folks.
  2. The CEO of HBO admitted to creating burner social media accounts to harass critics online. Between this and the MAX rebrand, what else does this guy have to do to get fired?
  3. I love the idea of pocket forests, especially if the trade-off is fewer parking lots.
  4. Unsurprisingly, e-bikes cut demand for oil more than electric cars. Now if only we built our city infrastructure to accommodate them.
  5. The Biden Administration announced $8.2 billion in funding for passenger rail. What an exciting time for American infrastructure.
  6. Amsterdam cut speed limits within the city to less than 19 mph. It’s expected to decrease serious accidents by as much as 30%.
  7. The night train between Paris and Berlin is back. More night trains, please.
  8. Greedflation is a real thing.
  9. Public Domain Day is almost upon us.
  10. Home Alone is one of twenty-five films added to the National Film Registry this year. Well deserved.
  11. The Los Angeles Dodgers signed Shohei Ohtani to a whopping $700 million contract. However, after deferrals, the real-day value of the contract is only $437.8 million. The Dodgers stand to make tens of millions of dollars annually in endorsements alone from Ohtani’s addition. It’s a huge win for ownership and a huge win for Dodgers fans.

πŸ”— Link Dump #45

  1. A real-time map of passenger trains in North America. [πŸ”— trains.fyi]
  2. A map of retro-related places. [πŸ”— retro.directory]
  3. Keith Law’s top 100 board games, updated. [πŸ”— meadowparty.com]
  4. Life lessons from a 44-year-old. [πŸ”— anniemacmanus.com]
  5. 52 things learned in 2023. [πŸ”— medium.com]
  6. 100 notable books of 2023. [πŸ”— nytimes.com]
  7. Play Paper Tactics. [πŸ”— paper-tactics.com]
  8. A printable habit tracker. [πŸ”— laurieherault.com]

⚾ Some Thoughts on the Dodgers This Offseason

Ohtani is and should be the top priority, followed by Yamamoto.

They need to acquire at least two starting pitchers, preferably one front line. Buehler and Miller are the only locks for the rotation.

Pepiot might be a good trade chip. A regression to the mean is in order, and the Dodgers have a surplus of young righties.

I like Sheehan the most out of the young starters (outside of Miller, of course). I think the rest are expendable given the right deal.

Is it finally time to move Busch and/or Vargas? It’s hard to gauge how much trade value they even have.

I don’t see how a team can survive defensively with Lux and Muncy manning the left side of your infield. Do the Dodgers grab a shortstop? Is there even a capable shortstop available? What do you do with Lux? His best position is second, but that’s Mookie’s position now. Does Gavin become a trade chip?

If the Dodgers like Vargas as much as they say, they’d give him the left field job, but I think it’s just posturing. In which case, I’d like to see the Dodgers go outside the org for a starting left fielder. Hopefully, they can do a little better than David Peralta this offseason.